Yesterday, I spoke with Radio France Internationale’s English language service on ‘Pope Francis heads to a Post-Catholic Ireland’, as summarised on its website:
You also can listen to the three-minute interview, covering topics such as changes in the relationship between the Catholic Church and the Irish state, factors contributing to secularisation, and possible protests against the Pope’s visit.
On the eve of Pope Francis’s trip to Ireland for the World Meeting of Families, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar says he hopes the visit will begin a new chapter in Ireland’s relationship with the Catholic Church. Ireland used to be one of Europe’s most conservative Catholic countries, but recently voted to overturn a ban on abortion and legalised same-sex mariage in 2015. Gladys Ganiel, a sociologist at Queen’s University in Belfast and author of the book “Transforming post-Catholic Ireland” talks to RFI’s Alison Hird about the Church’s diminishing role in Irish society and the kind of welcome Pope Francis can expect.